Now I have a nice Fuchsia jacket, using Simplicity 7305, I needed to use the remaining fabric for a skirt to match. Although there is one in the pattern it is just a A line skirt block pattern and not quite interesting enough. And it doesn’t have pockets. So I chose a TNT pattern – Vogue 7379 – which I used for my SWAP last year. I was already cutting it out when I remembered when I had last made it. Almost 12 months ago!
I really like this skirt. It is so easy to wear, and the blue, grey, white and dark blue tweed fabric goes with lots of things. I probably wear this skirt at least twice a month. So a second one will be a good addition to the wardrobe. Essentially it is a six gored A line skirt with two narrow side sections. It is designed to sit just above the knee.
I made it up calmly and correctly. The skirt is gored, darted and gathered slightly into the waist. I used curved petersham for the waist band, and was very careful to artfully arrange the gathering evenly along the length. This was the only part of the construction that needed a little care. I decided to use an invisible zip due to the fact that the zip is to the side at the right back. This gave me a little trouble due to the foot (which did not come with the machine). I created a 3″ hem as specified. I made a colourful lining for it, using the “tartan” approach, using the same colours as I did with the jacket lining. It is quite jaunty, although it will not show.
I started with 3m of this fabric and by careful cutting and certain stingyness (using left over orange wool for the pocket linings, for example) I have enough left for a further garment. I would like to have a pair of shorts to wear with the jacket, and I might even make them for my SWAP. Just now I am feeling in love with skirts again and not so keen on a trouser suit (which is my next SWAP outfit).
So that is my Fuchsia skirt suit finished. I wore it for an important presentation on Tuesday. You may be wondering why all the guys are wearing the same tie. Well that is another story for another day.